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In this follow-up to Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond, editor Richesin presents 28 candid, personal essays that demonstrate why "fathers are arguably the most important men in their daughters' lives." Steering clear of straight sentimentality and saccharine stereotypes, writers including Steve Almond, Rob Spillman, Richard Nash, and Thomas Beller contribute essays that are funny, hopeful, inspiring and sad-often at once. In a funny, vulnerable letter for his pre-teen daughter to read on her 18th birthday, single dad Trey Ellis wonders how she'll feel about his racy memoir Bedtime Stories. Daniel Raeburn's brave, heartbreaking essay, meanwhile, recounts the still-birth of his daughter, who they had already named Irene: "Her name came to me in the night while I was falling asleep, her hands and feet drumming against Rebekah's belly and my palms." Writing with their daughters in mind, each contributor has put obvious care and passion into his piece, turning out anecdotes and insight that will resonate with anyone who has a family.
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What I Would Tell Her tells the world about the savagely beautiful bond between fathers and daughters, and without a drop of sap. Spectacularly achieved, and fascinating from the very first page.
Jason Roberts author of A Sense of the World
What an amazing collection. What I Would Tell Her compiles a wide variety of voices, every one of them powerful, entertaining and often surprising in the way only such personal writing can be.
David Liss, author of The Whiskey Rebels
The heart-whomping tenderness in these essays is startling enough to be called news. What I Would Tell Her offers a direct line into the heart and soul of fathers. This book brought me to my knees.
Karen Karbo, author of The Stuff of Life
As father of a daughter, I am so impressed at how effectively this marvelous anthology captures the wonders and complexities of this relationship. What I Would Tell Her is a book all dads and daughters should read.
Ron Rash, author of Serena
In this exquisite collection about what fathers would tell their daughters, dads lay bare their great hearts. So buy it for every dad you know...if there are any left after I have."
Jacquelyn Mitchard, author No Time to Wave Goodbye
This book sat unread on my bookshelf for three years. It's just one of those books you have to be in the right mood to read. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Karl Bielefeldt
I get this book for two reasons: I'm the Dad to two little girls; and one of the contributors, Robert Dugoni, is an acquaintance of mine. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by David Montgomery
Thomas Beller's essay is the reason I bought this book. I read it in the bookstore and wanted to own it, a story of fathers and daughters but also fathers and sons, husbands and... Read morePublished on September 4, 2011 by Karol Nielsen
I got this for my husband, who was a first-time dad at almost 40. It's been a joy watching him be a father, and he's found a new tenderness in caring for our daughter. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Suzanne Fisher
It would be unfair of me to not warn you about this book. What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughters, edited by Andrea... Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by Rita Arens
* First, I want to note that I have received this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. Second, I would like to note that I am posting my review without having viewed ANY... Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Michael D. Adams
You'll have to wade through some mediocre chapters to find the true gems here. As could be expected from a series of essays by a variety of writers, the quality of the writing is... Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Paige Turner
I can only find one word that makes sense to describe the entire book: Touching. To read of the love, the trials, the ups and the downs, I was left feeling like I am one lucky guy... Read morePublished on November 22, 2010 by Mike Donovan
Each of these stories was very personal and would not relate to any girl/woman except for the one that the father wrote about. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Donna Capshaw